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Twas the nignt before Christmas, when at! firougn
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon v/ould be there;
The children were nestled al! snug in their beds,
WhiiJ \isons of sjgat- fj L'n s Jctiiw.. r t heat';
And mamma in ner Kercnief ana I m my cap,
Kad just settled our brains for a long winter's nap -
When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter}
Away to the window I flew like a fla^h.
Tors open the shutters ana threw up the sash.
The moon, on the breast of the new-fallen sr.ow,
Gave a lustre of mid-day to objects beiow ;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
jBtit a miniature sleigh, and ei^ht tiny rein-deer,
wVith a little old driver, so iivp*y ^tr"^ ouicU-
i knew in a moment it must be St. Nick,
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came
And he whistled, andshouted.andcalledtherrby h
"Now, Dasher! now.Dancef !now,Prancer andVix'
On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blitzer
the wall ! j
«he too of the porch, to Jhe too of th;
L dash away, dasH away, dash away
ry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, *
n they meet with an obstacle, nnount to the sky
up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
1 a sleigh full of toys — and St. Nicholas too. •
And then in a twinkling ! neard on the /oof,
The prancing and pawing of each Wtije hoof.
'As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas c^me with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot,
And his clotl^s were all tarr.ished with ashes and soot:
A bundfe of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a padier just opening his pac^
His eyes how they twinkled! his dimples how me.
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little'mouth was drawn up like a bow, J
A ^d the smo
had a b
his chin was as white as the snow
iad face and a little round belly
en he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly
And the bear " "" '""'^ chin was as white asth
_, \ jf a pipe he held tight in his tee
The stunnp ci
. y-e. It encircled his head like a
He was chubby and plump, — a right joHy old elf;
And I laughed when ! saw him in spite of myself
A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know ! had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his woH
'lied all the stockings ithen turned v/ith a j.er
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
Ue sprang to his Sleigh, to his teann gave a whistle
And away they all- flew like the down of a thistle;
Put I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight
•'Merry Ckr stwas to all, and to all a good nig